Players Championship snooker: Mark Williams beats Ali Carter; Neil Robertson wins

Mark Williams
Mark Williams

Reigning world champion Mark Williams continued his recent return to form with a thumping 6-2 defeat of Ali Carter at the Coral Players Championship in Preston.

Carter has been in good form himself of late, reaching the final of the Coral World Grand Prix last month, but he never fired here as a host of unforced errors allowed Williams to run out a comfortable winner.

Williams dominated an opening frame in which Carter failed to pot a ball and looked well set in frame two until breaking down and allowing Carter to draw level thanks to an excellent clearance of 58.

The Welshman wasn't perturbed, though, responding with sparkling breaks of 118 and 131 to surge into a 3-1 lead at the mid-session interval.

Carter kept himself in touch by pinching a scrappy frame five but squandered a golden opportunity to level the scores when missing a simple red to corner when seemingly well set in the following frame.

Williams needed no second invitation, a run of 51 easing him into a 4-2 lead before breaks of 70 and 79 saw him win the next two frames in good time and book his place in the quarter-finals.

Robertson marches on

Recent Welsh Open winner Neil Robertson took his first step towards another major title when beating Joe Perry 6-3.

Robertson knocked in two centuries in the match - breaks of 107 and 101 - but wasn't quite at his best and stuttered over the line by winning a scrappy frame nine after Perry had pinched the previous frame.

A close matched looked to be on the cards when the pair where locked at 2-2 at the mid-session interval but Roberstson took control by winning three frames on the bounce and despite Perry promising to stage a late fightback, the Australian always had matters in hand as he eased into the last eight.

Trump through with ease

Judd Trump secured his spot in the next round with a 6-0 win over Jimmy Robertson.

Frames one, four and six saw centuries of 105, 104 and 115 for Trump with his opponent registering just 69 point throughout the match.

It wasn't Robertson's day, and that was highlighted in the fifth frame. He potted the blue before the cue ball struck yellow, hitting the cushion and back behind the yellow ball, seeing him snooker himself.

Lisowski survives Wilson scare

Jack Lisowski fought off a resurgent Kyren Wilson as he progressed with a 6-4 victory.

Wilson won the first frame before Lisowski pulled ahead in the next two. His opponent would level things up after four, but a century in the fifth frame, followed by success in the sixth and seventh, put Lisowski 5-2 up.

However, Wilson won the next two to set up a potential decider. That was thwarted by Lisowski's second century of the match, a 110 in frame ten, which secured a 6-4 score line.

Tuesday's last 16 matches

  • Neil Robertson 6-3 Joe Perry
  • Mark Williams 6-2 Ali Carter
  • Kyren Wilson 4-6 Jack Lisowski
  • Judd Trump 6-0 Jimmy Robertson

Players Championship draw bracket

  • Mark Allen v Stephen Maguire
  • David Gilbert v Stuart Bingham
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan v Barry Hawkins
  • Mark Selby v John Higgins
  • Neil Robertson v Joe Perry
  • Mark Williams v Ali Carter
  • Kyren Wilson v Jack Lisowski
  • Judd Trump v Jimmy Robertson

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